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Commentary: History shows fiscal deficiencies of V’ACTE come as no surprise

This past week’s damning draft audit of the fiscal practices of the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education hardly come as a surprise.

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Commentary: City needs to raise bar on management evaluation process

Your new Cottonwood City Council recently completed its strategic planning session and outlined its workload for the next 12-24 months. In addition, we have embarked on two of the most important tasks assigned to your elected officials: budget planning and contract employee evaluation, the latter of which I’d like to address.

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Commentary: Judge Gorsuch would bring much-needed Western perspective to U.S. Supreme Court

If an Arizonan were to walk up the Supreme Court’s steps, past its marble columns and into its stately courtroom, they would find eight justices seated before them, along with an empty chair. While the chair was left vacant by the passing of renowned Justice Antonin Scalia, it also symbolizes a stark reality: the absence of a Westerner on the court.

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Commentary -- Commissioners: Say no to proposed APS bill increases

Although opening day will be here before we know it, in the last year three electric utilities have already stepped up to the plate seeking a rate increase from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Commentary: Testing, transitions, green eggs at Camp Verde schools

We were pleased to have so many students take the ACT test.

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Commentary: VACTE moving forward to meet needs of Valley youth

Valley Academy for Career & Technology Education (VACTE) was founded in 2001 by the voters from the Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Cottonwood-Oak Creek USD, Mingus Union High School District, Camp Verde USD, and Sedona-Oak Creek Joint School District.

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Commentary: We all have duty to confront crisis of leadership in America

Everything seems different now …

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Commentary: Kindness in the brightest colors at Camp Verde school district

We will be sending approximately 100 students to the Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction on Thursday, March 2.

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Commentary: Movement toward legal marijuana creates new PC affinity; dope smokers are ‘cannabis curious consumers’

The ongoing effort toward full legalization of marijuana has created a new hybrid of political correctness when it comes to the descriptors of pot.

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Commentary: Take it from a geriatric shuffler, three races in one weekend is not cool

There is a regular group from the Verde Valley to be found several weekends a month hitting the pavement in one of the many road races offered in the Phoenix area.

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Commentary: Trump makes mixed metaphors unavoidable

Of all the moving parts in the Trump era -- the changes in the American diplomatic and military profile, the challenges the new president is hurling at the judiciary, the tensions between the legislative and executive branches, the dramatic stylistic changes in the presidency, ranging from shiny ties to Twitter outbursts -- none may be in such furious motion as the two parties, the steady rocks of our political system for more than a century and a half.

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Commentary: Students on a roll at Camp Verde Unified School District

FFA is on a roll. Just letting you know that our teams that participated in the Career Development Event last Thursday did great. Here are the placings:

Commentary: How to save at Costco

If you're a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck.

Commentary: How to avoid being gouged when buying eyeglasses

For the approximately 64 percent of Americans who wear them, prescription eyeglasses are part medical device and part fashion accessory.

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Commentary: Metaphors gone wild!

Of all the moving parts in the Trump era -- the changes in the American diplomatic and military profile, the challenges the new president is hurling at the judiciary, the tensions between the legislative and executive branches, the dramatic stylistic changes in the presidency, ranging from shiny ties to Twitter outbursts -- none may be in such furious motion as the two parties, the steady rocks of our political system for more than a century and a half.

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Time for Trump to hit campaign trail

President Trump’s many critics say his young administration is a hot mess. His defenders say Trump has accomplished more in three weeks than many presidents do in years.

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Gallup: Faith and the Divided States of America

The cartoon map of North America began appearing after the bitter “hanging chads” election of 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court put Republican George W. Bush in the White House.

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Commentary: Orientations, students of the month at Camp Verde schools

We are proud to say that we will be offering the ACT to 155 students on Feb. 28. This is a first here at CVHS and it is an offering we hope to extend to every 11th grader who attends CVHS from now on. We have 134 students who will be attending the Renaissance Festival on March 2 in Apache Junction.

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Commentary: No better time than now to heal festering wounds of Thunder Valley Rally

There is no better time to firmly address the many problems plaguing Thunder Valley Rally than now.

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Commentary: Healthiest You, I Have a Dream at Camp Verde Unified

This week, we began offering an exciting new benefit to all District employees.

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Commentary: Enough with the excuses, let’s make school district unification a reality

As leaders in this community of these two school districts, it is our duty and our obligation. I urge you to speak to your board members and let them know how you feel about this matter.

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Commentary: Now is perfect time to unify school districts

Mingus is a great high school but it does not need its own superintendent with all the support personnel it entails.

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Commentary: History shows school district consolidation can be achieved

The arguments in support of consolidation are varied, they are legitimate and they’ll probably never go away so long as there are three school districts in the Upper Verde, two of which govern one school each.

Commentary: Arizona should end unjust taxation on monetary metals

Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to break a $20 bill, and he charged you $1.40 in tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another.

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Commentary: Now is golden opportunity to consolidate three school districts in Upper Verde Valley

Many times in the past several years there has been considerable discussion and efforts made by School Board members, business leaders, parents and faculty members to consolidate and/or merge both of the local elementary school districts (Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome) into the Mingus Union High School District.

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